Elizabeth: May 1566

Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 8, 1566-1568. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1871.

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'Elizabeth: May 1566', in Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 8, 1566-1568, (London, 1871) pp. 58-78. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/foreign/vol8/pp58-78 [accessed 14 April 2024]


May 1566

May 1. 337. The Queen to Maximilian II.
Endorsement in Cecil's writing of the copy of a letter of this date.
May 2. 338. Sir William Drury to Cecil.
The troubles that have grown since the departure of the Lord Governor between the Treasurer and others here he forbears to touch, but suggests that some person of credit should be sent to enquire what has passed, and report unto him.—Berwick, 2 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 2. 339. Rowland Johnson to Cecil.
Perceives there has been report made to him and the Council that he should do things contraryways than became his duty in her Majesty's works here this winter, which he denies, and gives particulars of his doings and of others, and encloses a will that he sent to Mr. Jenyson.—Berwick, 2 May. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
Jan. 2. 340. Rowland Johnson to Jenyson.
Cannot place the men lately sent to him without displacing others.—2 January. Signed.
Thomas Jenyson to Johnson.
Will in a few days take a view of the workmen, and in the meanwhile desires him to accomplish Sir Richard Lee's directions.—2 January 1565. Signed.
Copies enclosed in Johnson's letter of 2nd May to Cecil's. P. 1.
May 2. 341. Charges at Berwick.
An estimate made to Cecil by Rowland Johnson of the charges of the Queen's works at Berwick, from the 13th October 1565 to the 27th of April 1566, amounting to 3,012l. 17s. 10d. Signed.
Add. Pp. 2.
May 2. 342. Thomas Randolph to Cecil.
The Earl of Arran is set at liberty upon 12,000l. Scots to enter when called. He is gone to Hamilton weak and sickly, and has lost his speech above four months. The Earls of Murray and Argyll have been earnest with the Queen for all such gentlemen as waited on their masters and were not present at the slaughter. The Queen is greatly offended with the Laird of Cessford for receiving the clerk register.— Berwick, 2 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
May 3. 343. Sir Thomas Smith to Cecil.
1. The Duke De Nemours and Madame De Guise shall be married in the Court at St. Maur Des Fosses on Sunday next. It is said the King gives her 100,000 francs, and the Duke of Savoy 20,000 francs during her life; the Duke De Nemours, all his land in France in case he die without issue.
2. The King's decree against Mademoiselle De Rohan he sends him herewith.
3. The Duchess of Valentinois is dead, and the Conte De Tende, whose eldest son, called De Somoriva, has his government of Province.—Paris, 3 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 1½.
April 28. 344. Sentence between the Duke De Nemours and Mdlle. De Rohan.
Declares that the Papal Rescript proclaiming the nullity of their marriage is genuine.
Endd. Fr. Pp. 1¼.
May 3. 345. The Vidame of Chartres to the Queen.
Desires justice for the bearer, Philip Didato, for 800 crowns due to him from the heirs of the Lord Grey, and which he had advanced to him for his ransom.—Paris, 3 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Fr. P. 1.
May 4. 346. Sir Thos. Hoby to Cecil.
The Scottish King is here misliked for his wavering and unstaid deeds. Is glad they make in England some accompt of the Emperor, and would they did the like of the Protestant Princes of the Empire. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
May 4. 347. Sir Thos. Hoby to Cecil.
To-morrow there shall be a marriage between the Duke De Nemours and the Duchess of Guise, who by sentence pronounced by the Presidents (following the Queen Mother's will, as it is thought, than of law) has forsaken Mademoiselle De Rohan, and made his former contract with her of none effect, notwithstanding the issue of a son of ten years of age by her, to his discredit even with the Cardinal of Lorraine, who has laboured the contrary. The Protestants and a number of Papists are much against it, and say it shall cost him dear. He is ill-beloved and she generally pitied.—Paris, 4 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 4. 348. M. De Foix to Cecil.
Informs him of the arrival of the French Court in the neighbourhood of Paris, and offers to forward letters.— London, 4 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Fr. P. 1.
May 4. 349. Thomas Randolph to Cecil.
Shane O'Neile has had one of his countrymen with the Queen of Scots of late. Sends a copy of advertisements out of Scotland.—Berwick, 4 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
May 4. 350. Sir Wm. Drury to Cecil.
That the Laird of Brimston came hither the other day accompanied with another of Scotland, who is gone with him to Newcastle. Lord Ruthven is feeble and in peril of death. —Berwick, 4 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
May 4. 351. Sir Richard Lee to the Privy Council.
Sends the proportion of last year's provision, and a note of the remain thereof. Trusts to bring up the vanmures, and to pave the galleries that they shall be fit for the watch this winter.—Berwick, 4 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 4. 352. Captain Wm. Reed to Cecil.
Of the state of Holy and Ferne Islands under his charge he advertised him and the Privy Council last year, whereupon Drury and Lee viewed the same, and took order to have it "vanmured" about with stone, and so it was brought almost to his full height, and now Lee says he has no warrant to end the same.—Berwick, 4 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 4. 353. Provisions for Berwick.
Note of the proportion of provisions provided by Sir Ric. Lee at London, &c. for the fortifications at Berwick in 1565, with an estimate of what remains in the storehouses for the same.
Endd. Pp. 3.
May 4. 354. Captain Wm. Reed to the Privy Council.
Describes the state of Holy and Ferne Islands, and asks them to take order that the fortifications there mentioned in his to Cecil of this day may be finished.—Berwick, 4 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
May 4. 355. Advices.
News from Rome of the 4 May 1566; Constantinople, 13 April.
Ital. Pp. 3.
356. Copy of the above.
Ital. Pp. 4.
May 5. 357. News from Antwerp.
Intelligence from Antwerp, 5 May.
Ital. P. 1.
May 5. 358. Lord Montague, Wotton, and Haddon to the Privy Council.
On the 1st inst. M. D'Assincourt and the other two Commissioners came to this town, and on the 4th they exhibited their new commission. They moved them for better expedition to put all the articles moved in this treaty in a book, expressing the full determination of the Queen to their demands, the like whereof was to be by them delivered. This motion they utterly refused. They said that they had commandment from the Regent to understand the Queen's resolution touching the four matters of poundage, custom of cloth, licenses for unwrought cloth, and custom of wool, in which, if they were not satisfied, they were to proceed no further. To this they agreed if the others would likewise full declare the Regent's determination.—Bruges, 5 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1¼.
May 5. 359. Lord Montague, Wotton, and Haddon to Cecil.
Decline to intermeddle in a suit of a servant of the Earl of Leicester and certain of the Low Countries.—Bruges, 5 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
May 5. 360. Edward Herbert to the Earl of Pembroke.
Sends news concerning the Diet at Augsburg and the preparations against the Turk.—Eisenberg, 5 May. Signed. Much obliterated by damp, and much mutilated.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
May 7. 361. The Queen to Sir John Forster.
He is to signify to the Earl of Morton and his complices that they take speedy order for some place for their safety out of her realm.
Draft corrected by Cecil. Endd. P. 1.
May 7. 362. Sir Wm. Drury to Cecil.
1. An unkindness is grown between the Queen's husband and Murray about the making of Lord Boyd's peace, which he refused to sign, alleging that he was of council with the slaughter of David. Whereunto Murray answered that it seemed strange to hear him say so, for that it was reported and judged he was acquainted therewith, which had bred him more harm and discredit than ever anything hereafter could do him good. He said for Murray's sake he would sign it. The quarrel between him and Lord Boyd rose half a year since about killing of a man of his father's by Lord Boyd's servants and friends. The misliking between the Queen and her husband increases so that it is judged he cannot in safety long dwell in Scotland.
2. The Lord Governor has written to him that he has moved his suit to the Queen and received both touching his suit as of himself.—Berwick, 7 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1¼.
May 8. 363. Sir Wm. Drury to Cecil.
Perceives by Mauvissiere that the report of Lethington's coming to the Court in Scotland is untrue.—Berwick, 8 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
May 9. 364. Lord Montague, Wotton, and Haddon to the Privy Council.
On the 6th inst. delivered to the Flemish Commissioners all the records for proofs for poundage, which they said they would consider. They then proceeded to the four articles, and delivered in writing a summary of the same, a copy whereof they send. Send also a copy of their answers. Told them that if they persisted in their answers that the rest of their labour would be lost, as the Queen was fully determined for poundage and the rest. The next day on both sides they complained of certain griefs.—Bruges, 9 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1¼.
May 11. 365. Marsilio Della Croce to John Shers.
News from Rome, Constantinople, Brussels, and other places.—Venice, 11 May 1566. Signed.
Add., with seal. Ital. Pp. 6.
May 11. 366. Pietro Bizzari to Cecil.
Sends news from Augsburg, Rome, and other places.— Venice, 11 May 1566. Signed.
Add., with seal. Ital. Pp. 3½.
May [12]. 367. John Fitzwilliams to Cecil.
1. Sent him on the 5th a book of the names of all the noblemen of the Low Countries of the Order of the Fleece. Sends rumours which have been received from Rome. Asks his favour for a friend.—Bruges, 11 May 1566.
2. To the request for mitigation of the statutes set forth by the Inquisition, the Regent and council have for a mitigation ordained that whereas those who have done contrary to them are to be executed by fire and all their goods confiscated, now they shall suffer by the cord or sword and forfeit but half their goods, and that those who recanted should only be banished with the loss of their goods. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 3½.
May 12. 368. The Princess Cecilia to the Queen.
Expresses her very great goodwill towards her and her subjects, which induced her to undertake the journey into England, and complains of the ill-treatment that she has met with by the incarceration of her husband and other ways, which she attributes to the bad conduct of George North.— Antwerp, 12 March 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Lat. Pp. 3.
[May 12.] 369. The Lady Cecilia of Sweden and Marchioness of Baden.
The note which the Princess sent to the Spanish Ambassador contained certain things which were to be bought in the Low Countries. She desires license to export 12 horses.
Endd. Lat. P. 1.
May 12. 370. The Princess Cecilia to Cecil.
Complains that at the instigation of that most wicked man, George North, the goods of her servants have been made to pay the customs.—Antwerp, 12 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Lat. P. 1.
May 12. 371. Edward Cooke to Cecil.
The 8th instant Hoby and Smith went to the Court at St. Maures. All the time the King read the Queen's letters, and his Lordship talked with him, the Cardinal of Lorraine never ceased scoffing with the Duke De Nemours, which is a token that he has not digested his malice towards England. Madame De Valentinois is dead, and she has left, as the Queen of Navarre declared unto his Lordship, 30,000 "Portuguese."— Paris, 12 May. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1½.
May 12. 372. Charles IX. to M. De Foix.
One of his receivers having absconded with 50,000 francs, he commands him to procure his arrest in case he should come to England.—St. Maur, 12 May 1566. Signed.
Add. End. Fr. P. 1.
May 13. 373. Advices.
News from Spain, Geneva, Rome, and Ferrara.
Ital. Pp. 3½.
374. Copy of the above.
Ital. Pp. 4.
May 13. 375. Thomas Randolph to Cecil.
Shane O'Neile's messenger had his answer on the 8th with good words to his master. With him there is sent into Ireland a servent of the Earl of Argyll, to understand his likelihood to prevail in anything he is minded to attempt, which is all the mischief he can even to the English pale if his friends keep promise. This, notwithstanding upon conditions that the Queen will not be rigorous unto the banished noblemen, and be a means that religion be not altered in that realm, Argyll and Murray will promise not only to stay that O'Neile gets no support, but will take open part against him. They have such misliking of their King, as never was more of man. Warns him of Mr. Rokesby of the north. —Berwick, 13 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1¼.
May 13. 376. Sir Wm. Drury to Cecil.
1. Wrote to him (the 26th ult.) and the Lord Governor touching the merchants here defraying 1,000l. to the Treasurer, and as the want of money is grown greater prays him answer it.
2. The Lord Governor has written to him that his (Cecil's) meaning is that he should take order between the Treasurer and Burford, but he desires him to let him understand whether the Treasurer has overgrown his bounds, or the other disturbed him in the execution of his office, and then he will take order therein.—Berwick, 13 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1¼.
May 13. 377. Sir Wm. Drury to Cecil.
1. In the matter between the Treasurer and Burford, he beseeches that such order as he would wish him to do herein he may be advertised of.
2. It is said that there should in secret manner come to the Queen here intelligence of England, which is said to be by one Rokesby, who some time was Marshal here.—Berwick, 13 May. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
May 13. 378. Lord Montague, Wotton, and Haddon to the Privy Council.
Since their last letter there has been brought a new miserable complaint of certain Hollanders spoiled and hurt in the Thames mouth by Englishmen. The Flemish Commissioners say that they never heard tell that any captain or principal offender had either been executed in England or made any due restitution to the party. Indeed the English are in there offences so far out of all order and the cases so lamentable that they can scant tell how to open their mouths for reasonable satisfaction therein.—Bruges, 13 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1½.
May 13. 379. Complaint to the Spanish Commissioners at Bruges.
Certain merchants of the Low Countries complain that their vessel has been spoiled at the entrance of the Thames by an English vessel on May 5th.
Fr. Pp. 1½.
May 14. 380. Lord Scrope to Cecil.
The Master of Maxwell having remained at the Court for the most part since Easter, great disobedience is shown upon the frontiers under his charge. The Elliotts have slain a gentleman of the Scotts.—Carlisle, 14 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 14. 381. Christopher Mundt to Cecil.
1. Several of the German Princes intend to serve against the Turk. The Estates of the Empire have contributed pay for 40,000 foot and 8,000 horse for eight months, and further pay for 20,000 foot and 4,000 horse for three years.
2. Grombach and three of his friends have been put under the ban of the Empire for plundering the houses of the clergy at Wurtzburg in 1564.—Augsburg, 14 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Lat. Pp. 2½.
May 14. 382. Charles IX. to the Queen.
Informs her of his contentation with Smith's conduct during his embassy.—St. Maur des Fosses, 14 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Fr. Royal letter.
May 15. 383. John Bennet to Cecil.
Complains of wrong information against him by his enemy, John Fleming, who is a very coward but with his tongue, and who has three wives living.—Newcastle, 15 May 1566.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1¼.
May 15. 384. Gurone Bertano to Cecil.
Letter of credence for the bearer, Signor Claudio, to whom he refers Cecil for news.— Rome, 15 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. Pp. 1.
May 16. 385. Sir John Forster to Cecil.
Has according to the Queen's letters communed with Morton and the rest, declaring as of himself how behoveful it were for them to devise some place forth of this realm for their safety till their Sovereign's wrath was assauged. This news came heavy upon them, and they required time to prepare for their departure. They knew not where to go. Could so secretly bestow them that it would not be know but that they are forth of the Queen's dominions. It is said that there is a great sum of money come from the Cardinal of Lorraine. On the 8th a soldier of the Queen of Scots struck at a minister, called Mr. John Craig, sitting in the church, with his dagger. —Alnwick, 16 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2¼.
May 16. 386. The Earl of Morton to Cecil.
As it is the Queen's pleasure that he should depart forth of her realm, he is content to do so, but requests Cecil to be a means to her to grant them license to remain till they get their furnishing made. Begs him to mitigate this charge given by the Queen. Lord Ruthven has departed; "the same was so godly that all men who saw it did rejoice."—Alnwick, 16 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.
May 16. 387. Sir Tho. Hoby to (Cecil).
1. Since his of the 4th instant here has been solemnized in the Court by the Cardinal of Lorraine the marriage between the Duke De Nemours and Madame De Guise.
2. The King and Queen Mother are well given to entertain the peace between them and England. Of the Scottish matters touching the late David, she said (much misliking the fact and the unstaidness of Lord Darnley) that such examples may justly make the Queen afraid to venture upon any her subjects.
3. The talk is now of the Turk (with whom they say the King is in league and means not to meddle) and of this late marriage, which by common opinion could be deferred no longer, to hide a secret act done between them both. Thursday they visited the Queen of Navarre, who offers to do Her Majesty any service she can. They saluted the Prince again, a wise child, the youngest of the sisters De Nevers, and Mademoiselle De Rohan, whom they call Madame De Nemours, very sad.
4. Friday they visited the Ambassadors about the Court, among whom he found an acquaintance of his in Italy, Don Francis D'Alva, sometime Master of the Camp of the Emperor Charles' band in Siena, ambassador here for King Philip.
5. A grudge is fallen out between the Duke of Montpensier and the house of Guise, by reason of the young Damoiselle De Mezieres, of 60,000 livres revenue, who was at the first promised to the Duke of Guise's younger brother, and now it thought she shall marry the Count Dauphin, Montpensier's son.
6. Monday the 13th the Queen Mother, the Cardinal of Bourbon, and the rest of the Court dined with Marshal Montmorency at his fathers house, and supped at the Louvre likewise at his charge. Yesterday Smith's present was brought him by M. De la Motte. Has received at his hands the Queen's plate left him by Throckmorton, of the state of which he complains.—Paris, 16 May 1566.
7. P.S.—Gives the particulars of his reception by the Queen Mother and the King this day, at the Court at Saint Maure sur les Fosses. She talked with Smith about the suit of the merchants of Rye, and he (Hoby) delivered his letters of credence, and that done they were conducted to the King, and after Smith delivered to him the merchants' supplication, he presented his letters of credence, and declared his commission. The chamber noted that the Cardinal of Lorraine had small liking of their being there so well entertained. After an hour's abode there they returned to Paris. Signed.
Add. Endd.: 8 May. Pp. 4.
May 16. 388. Inventory of the Queen's Plate in France.
An inventory of the Queen's plate in France, of which 343 ozs. must be changed, also another inventory of plate given to Smith, amounting to 703½ ozs.
Enclosed in Hoby's of the 16th. Pp. 1½.
May 16. 389. Sir Thomas Smith to the Privy Council.
Received theirs dated the 23rd of March, of Sir Tho. Hoby the 23rd ult. The same time he presented Hoby he moved the Queen Mother of it, showing that the matter had often been broken, and that M. De Foix had written in (on) it. That it was so as no man could think but reasonable to have in their (the English) coasts so much privilege as their nation. That it was the commodity of both realms that in spawning time the fish might rest, and not be driven then to seek new places and further off, with other reasons as he had learned of those sent for this matter from the men of Rye. She bid him deliver the matter in writing to the King and his Council. Sends De L'Aubespine's answer in this packet.—Paris, 16 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2½.
May 15, 16. 390. Sir Thomas Smith to De L'Aubespine.
1. Thanks the King for his present, and desires his final despatch. Also that before his departure there may be a more clear answer given touching the fishers of Rye.—Paris, 15 May.
De L'Aubespine's reply.
2. It has been decided in the Privy Council that the answer shall be sent to the French Ambassador in England.— St. Maur, 16 May. (Enclosure.)
Copy. Endd. Fr. Pp. 1½.
May 16. 391. Sir Thomas Smith to Leicester.
Is at the point of his return home. Would be glad to be employed in the Court before he settles himself in the country. —Paris, 16 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 16. 392. The Earl of Murray to the Earl of Leicester.
Thanks him for his benefits towards him, and above all for his earnest recommendation of him and his services to the Queen. Thanks him also for the great goodwill he bears to the Queen, his Sovereign.—Edinburgh, 16 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 16. 393. The Earl of Murray to Cecil.
Thanks him for his benefits and desires him to continue as he has always been a faithful and good minister towards both their Sovereigns.—Edinburgh, 16 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 17. 394. Maximilian II. to the Queen.
Desires that she will grant a licence to John Assenburg to export some cloth free of duty.—Augsburg, 17 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Lat. Pp. 2.
May 17. 395. Sir Thomas Smith to Cecil.
Is sorry that Sir Ric. Sackville and Sir John Mason are dead. If anything of that which they must leave to others to be disposed by the Queen be thought fit for him against he come home he must thank either him or Leicester, or the Queen alone, or else he dare say he is forgotten. Sent him the late edicts made at Moulins. — Paris, 17 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
May 17. 396. Sir Thos. Hoby to Cecil.
Sends by Smith, who has promised to delare unto him in what plight he has left the Queen's plate, and their inventory of the same subscribed by him. Asks him to send him commission to change it for better. Concerning the controversy of place with the Spanish Ambassador he refers him to the report of Smith.—Paris, 17 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1¼.
May 18. 397. Sir Thos. Hoby to Cecil.
1. The bearers, the men of Rye, have at the Council's hands received answer nothing to their expectation, in effect that the sea is free for all men to fish in, and that the King cannot see any reason why his subjects should any way be restrained from using their commodity therein.
2. The Cardinal of Lorraine attempted all ways to hinder the marriage between the Count (Dauphin) and the Damoiselle De Mezieres. A practice there is to have the Admiral resign his office, who stands somewhat stiff on it.
3. A Scot, named Saunders Guttry, was lately taken and imprisoned at Dieppe by the procurement of the Ambassador of Scotland and Cardinal of Lorraine, who fled upon a displeasure the Queen took with him that at the killing of David he kept the abbey gate, and was commanded by her husband to have an eye to her doings. The Duke of Chatelherault finds some difficulty in his suit of restitution. Duke Augustus' daughter is dead, who was said should have been married to the King. They say King Phillip has demanded passage of 10,000 soldiers out of Spain by land into Flanders.—Paris, 18 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 18. 398. Pietro Bizzari to Cecil.
Sends news from Rome, Vienna, and other places.—Venice, 18 May 1566. Signed.
Add., with seal. Ital. Pp. 3¼.
May 18. 399. Marsilio Della Croce to John Shers.
News from Rome, Ferrara, and Augsburg.—Venice, 18 May 1566. Signed.
Add., with seal. Ital. Pp. 6.
May 19. 400. Dr. John Man to the Queen.
By occasion of the King's long absence it was the 25th of April before he could deliver her letters to him, which he liked well. Has written his answer at length to Mr. Secretary. —Madrid, 8 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
May 20. 401. — to M. De Foix.
It is reported that the Turk will besiege Malta with a greater power than last year. There are great preparations of ships in Spain for the Low Countries.—Madrid, 20 May. Signed.
Add. Fr. Pp. 2.
May 20. 402. Sir Wm. Drury to Cecil.
The Treasurer has dealt with him to be absent from hence after Whitsuntide to take accompts of his purveyors and such others as deal under him in the country for the Prince's service, and for reasons mentioned craves Cecil's resolution therein.—Berwick, 20 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 20. 403. Dr. Wotton to Cecil.
Is sick of a flux. Dannet came here on the 14th.—Bruges, 20 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
May 20. 404. Lord Montague, Wotton, and Haddon to the Privy Council.
Have delivered to the other Commissioners a directory for their better understanding the great number of proofs by them exhibited. Have not received any other answer from the Regent.—Bruges, 20 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
May 20. 405. Lord Montague to Cecil.
All the Commissioners are ill. The other Commissioners demand what answer they have from the Queen; they answered that they never expected any other answer than what they first declared.—Bruges, 20 May 1566. Signed.
Hol. Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 1½.
May 21. 406. Sir Thos. Hoby to Cecil.
1. Of Cecil's dangerous sickness they much lamented, and of his amendment rejoice. About six leagues hence, Le Sieur De Lisy, of the house of Brulart, Archbishop and Abbot of six great houses in France, maintains, contrary to the edict, within less than three leagues of the Court, the preaching of the gospel, where D'Espine is minister, with the assembly of ten or twelve thousand persons. On Sunday last the King, Queen Mother, Queen of Navarre, Marshal Montmorency, D'Andelot, Martignes, and others dined at the Duke of Montpensier's, where an open contract was made between his son and the Damoiselle De Mezieres.
2. The Admiral will not resign his office unless he may have in recompense the office of Governor of the King's person.
3. To-morrow the King comes to the Louvre. Paris is full of nobility of both factions, and their trains. Attine, one of Aumale's band of horsemen, lately proffered to slay D'Andelot.
4. Words of offence have passed between the Queen of Navarre and the old Duchess of Ferrara for the marriage of her daughter to M. De Nemours.
5. The King has denied King Philip the passage of 10,000 men through his country into Flanders. Montgomery has made means to come to Court and cannot get admitted. The Constable lies at Chantilly ill at ease.—Paris, 21 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 1½.
May 22. 407. Memorial for M. De Foix.
A passport is required for M. De Foix's furniture and baggage, another for himself, and another for sixteen horses and fifteen dogs.
Endd. Fr. P. 1.
May 23. 408. Sir William Drury to Cecil.
Sends up a book of all the ordnance, munition, and artillery in the north parts, and commends the bearer, Mr. Errington [Harrington], to him.—Berwick, 23 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 7. 409. Munitions at Berwick.
A return of all ordnance, artillery, powder, munition, &c. remaining under the charge of John Bennett, in the North parts, taken by Robert Cornwall, Thomas Brickwell, Edward Woode, captains of footmen at Berwick, John Felmyng, master gunner there, and Nicholas Arington, (Harrington) by virtue of a commission from the Privy Council, directed to Bedford, taken the 7th of May, 7th (8th) Eliz. Signed. (Enclosure.)
Pp. 23¼.
May 23. 410. Sir William Drury to Cecil.
Has stayed Mr. Melville coming from the Queen of Scots because he had no letter of recommendation from her until he understands whether he be an express messenger or not.— Berwick, 23 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1¼.
May 23. 411. Sir John Forster to Cecil.
Christopher Rokesby, a gentleman of Yorkshire, has been eight days past at Edinburgh, and had secret conference with the Queen of Scots and her husband. There is like to be great cumber amongst the thieves of Liddlesdale—Alnwick, 23 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1½.
May 23. 412. John Flemyng to Cecil.
Finds in Mr. Bennett's office most things out of order, and like to be worse if speedy remedy be not found. Little of the powder in Berwick is good, and that in Newcastle might be sent to London to be recovered; and what is here it were good should be there, for the Queen has a powder mill that goes by water.—Berwick, 23 May. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 23. 413. The Queen to Randolph.
Understands that the Earl of Argyll pretends some diminution of his former goodwill towards her service, especially for matters of Ireland. Directs him secretly to learn the truth of the disposition of the said Earl towards her. Rather than (Shane O'Neile) should receive any comfort from Scotland she could be content to have some portion of money by way of reward secretly bestowed there.
Draft corrected by Cecil. Endd. Pp. 2½.
May 23. 414. Thomas Randolph to Cecil.
Divers Englishmen are in Scotland. It goes yet very hardly between the noblemen and the Queen of Scots, but specially with her husband who goes into Flanders. The Queen received a letter from Lady Lennox wherewith she is greatly offended. Melville doing the Earl of Argyll's commendations to him assured him that the Earl may be won to any reasonable point against Shane O'Neile if the Queen be a mean to bring this country into quietness.—Berwick, 23 May 1565. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.
May 23. 415. Robert Melville to Cecil.
Being sent from his mistress to the Queen of England to communicate certain affairs, he has been stayed at Berwick. Trusts that her Highness will not allow them herein. Declares that he never had charge to this hour which was not for the preservation of amity between the realms.—Berwick, 23 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 23. 416. Robert Melville to the Queen.
Complains that he has been stayed at Berwick on his way to her with commission from the Queen of Scots.—Berwick, 23 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 24. 417. The Earl of Morton to the Earl of Bedford.
No man so meet as the Earl of Leicester "to be gossip" to the Queen of Scots. If some commission were given to him who goes to labour in their favour it would do good. Divers of the Lords have obtained license to remain in their own houses. The King of Scotland is minded to go into Flanders. They have directed a supplication to the Queen of Scots.—Newcastle, 24 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
May 24. 418. Guido Gianetti to [Cecil].
Has removed from Venice to Padua. Sends news which he has received from Rome of the proceedings of the Pope; the appointment of nuncios, the arrival of an envoy of the Queen of Scots, also of the preparations and movements of the Turks, and the likelihood of the treaty between them and the French being broken off.—Padua, 24 May 1566. Signed.
Lat. Pp. 4.
May 24. 419. M. D'Assonville to [the English Commissioners].
They are waiting for nothing except the reply of the Queen.—Brussels, 9 Cal. Maii 1566. Signed.
Lat. P. ½.
May 24. 420. Lord Cobham and Cecil to John Keyle.
Having delivered to him the science of making salt to be imparted to the King of Sweden, they have since found out an easier way, which they send by this bearer. In his bargain with the King he is to remember that in finding this out they have been burdened with greater charges than before.
Draft corrected by Cecil. Endd. P. 1.
May 24. 421. Guido Gianetti to [Cecil].
The Pope on coming to the Papacy gave away such large sums to the poorer cardinals that in a short time he began to want himself. He has promised to give the Emperor 12,000 crowns a month during his war with the Turk. An ambassador has come from the Queen of Scots to ask for money. There is a great concourse of ambassadors from the Princes professing obedience to the Pope at the Papal Court. The Turks have taken Chios. Those of Malta are building fortifications. The King of France has asked the Grand Turk to release certain of his subjects who have been seized by pirates on the coast of Narbonne.—Padua, 24 May 1566. Signed.
Lat. Pp. 3½.
May 25. 422. Pietro Bizzari to Cecil.
Sends news from Rome of 18 May 1566, also an extract from a letter dated Cape of Otranto, 6 May, concerning the proceedings of the Turkish fleet.—Venice, 25 May 1566. Signed.
Add., with seal. Ital. Pp. 2½.
May 25. 423. Charles IX. to M. De la Forest.
The Sieur De Savigny, bastard of the late King of Navarre, having gone to England under pretext of some business, whereas the real reason is to escape the punishment of his crimes, he desires that he may be arrested and sent to France.—St. Maur, 25 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Fr. P. 1.
May 25. 424. John Bennett to Cecil.
Herewith sends a book containing the old store and remain of the Queen's ordnance, artillery, munition, &c. remaining in these north parts as seen by certain captains and others thereunto appointed.—Newcastle, 25 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 25. 425. Munitions at Berwick.
A book of the remain of all powder, artillery, munitions, &c. remaining under the charge of John Bennett in the north parts, taken the 2nd May 1566 by certain commissioners appointed to see the same.
Pp. 20.
May 25. 426. Charles IX. to the Queen.
Desires that the Sieur De Savigny may be arrested and sent to France to be punished for his crimes.—St. Maur des Fosses, 25 June 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Royal letter. Fr.
May 25. 427. Advices from Antwerp.
Antwerp, 26 May. News of the Turkish fleet. Going of Montigny into Spain.
Ital. P. ½.
May 26. 428. Sir William Drury to Cecil.
Yesterday Melville came again with the Queen's letters, in which she writes that she notes him, Drury, to harken to seditious persons. Understands that he has other complaints about the opening of a letter and the buying of a parrot sent to her. The letter was opened at Alnwick by the Frenchman who brought it, who also offered the parrot for sale without saying that they were sent to the Queen. Drury's wife bought it for two crowns.—Berwick, 26 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2¼.
May 24. 429. The Queen of Scots to Drury.
Prays him rather to have regard unto the amity betwixt the Queen and her, than unto the persuasions of any seditious person. Desires him to further Robert Melville in his journey. —Edinburgh, 24 May 1566. Signed.
Copy. P. ½.
May 26. 430. Thomas Randolph to Cecil.
1. The Queen of Scotland has repented that she dealt with him in that sort, and upon so sudden motion charged him out of her country.
2. There is a new matter against him. He is reported to be the author of a book written against her and her government called Mr. Randolph's Phantasy. The grief is so great that Melville was despatched to the Queen that in time this work might be suppressed and condign punishment taken upon the author. Affirms that he never wrote, gave his consent to, or knew of any that was ever set forth to her defamation.
3. Has written to Cecil divers times many things strange to be heard of in a Princess who bore so great a fame of honour and virtue as long time she did. Misliked her doings towards the Queen and feared lest over much credit should be given where little is meant that is spoken. Denies that he ever falsely imagined or reported anything against her. Desires that trial may be had which way and by whom in this town any such report came to her ears. Has written to Melville that the Queen of Scots' letters were opened by the messenger.
4. The Earl of Argyll is commanded to support O'Neal and has gone into his country, and on the 24th inst. O'Neale meets a gentleman of his.—Berwick, 26 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 6.
May 26. 431. Montague, Wotton, and Haddon to the Privy Council.
1. On the 21st they met again the other Commissioners and spent the day in the view and debate of the proofs. The next day at their assembly they said that the Regent much marvelled that the English Commissioners had declared the Queen's consent to no more things of importance than last year. They required to have wools at like prices as heretofore, and would take order that the value of their money should be observed as before.
2. They answered that all things being increased in price their motion was unreasonable. They earnestly requested in the Regent's name to know the Queen's pleasure in the setting of a price and of the number of "serplers" to be yearly transported.—Bruges, 26 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
May 26. 432. Dr. Nicholas Wotton to Cecil.
Guido Cavalcanti came hither from Antwerp. He was brought to the Duchess of Parma. He was informed from good "lien" that if things framed not well here among the Commissioners that he would be required to travail in it. Has required Wotton to certify him hereof.—Bruges, 26 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 27. 433. Lord Montague to Cecil.
Encloses letters from Guido Cavalcanti.—Bruges, 27 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 26. 434. Guido Cavalcanti to Cecil.
Has been to Brussels, where he had an interview with the Regent, who was desirous of using his services in these nego tiations in the matter of the intercourse. Gives a description of some works erected at Sluys by certain Germans for making salt. Encloses a plan of the said works, neatly executed in pencil.—Bruges, 26 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Ital. Pp. 4
May 27. 435. Christopher Rokeby to Drury.
The occasion of his being in Scotland is for a little trouble of debt. Has made means to the Queen for pardon and licence to be absent (till) his friends have taken order for payment of his debts; and also that he may have licence for such things as they will relieve him with may come to him. Requires that he will suffer the same to come to him.—Edinburgh, 27 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
May 30. 436. Christopher Mundt to Cecil.
The Protestant Princes do not wish that the Elector Palatine should be excluded from their number on account of one article as long as there is any hope of their agreement. They have appointed Erfurt where they will treat about this matter. The quarrel about ubiquity is again waxing warm. If by public edict Luther's doctrine of the Sacrament is confirmed there will be dreadful proscriptions in the different provinces.—Augsburg, 30 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Lat. Pp. 2¼.
May 30. 437. Thomas Danett to Cecil.
1. Arrived here on the 23rd instant, and on the 25th had audience with the Emperor, Christopher Mundt being present. After the usual compliments they went into an inner chamber, where the Emperor read the Queen's letter, and told Mundt that he thanked the Queen for chosing him to be of the Order of the Garter, and told them that after the letter considered he would give them to understand when to repair to him. On Monday he went again to the Court and spoke with the Emperor, and in the afternoon had audience. The Emperor said that for the three points, viz., surety, religion, and provision, he wished that his brother, coming so long a journey, might have more certainty of the Queen's affection towards him. Dannet said that in case the Duke came into England and nothing followed thereon that the damage was no less to the Queen than towards him, the rumour being doubtful from which of them the cause of misliking might grow. He also told him that if he considered what had been said to his ambassador by Her Majesty that the matter was not uncertain. If no notable default was found in the person of his brother, the Queen had willed him to say that in case he came into England he should not for a matter of small importance depart thence miscontented.
2. The Emperor said that he supposed that their might be permitted to his brother that going with Her Majesty to the service there ordered that he should sometimes secretly use the religion that all his lifelong he had only known.
3. Dannet said that for the present peril the Queen could suffer no such thing, though the same be used most secretly.
4. For the third point he said that the Queen thought that the Archduke should maintain his own family at his own charges.
5. The Emperor willed him to go with him to Vienna to commune with his brother, which he agreed to.
6. The Emperor also told him to thank the Queen for the Garter. Has saluted on the Queen's behalf such Princes as Dr. Mundt thought fit. With the Duke of Wirtemburg they have been three or four times, who has promised to speak with the Emperor that religion may by all means be preserved in England by the Archduke's good example and conformity. —Augsburg, 30 May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. by Cecil, with seal. Pp. 5½.
May 31. 438. Thomas Randolph to Cecil.
Acknowledges the receipt of a letter from the Queen.— Berwick, last of May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. ½.
May 31. 439. Articles sent by Charles IX. to the Cardinal of Bourbon and others assembled at St. Germain des Pres.
They are to take resolution on the following points:—
1. How to redeem the fourth part of the temporals of the Church given to the King immediately after the troubles.
2. The baptism of infants where one of the parties is Catholic.
3. For the restraint of the preachings according to the Edict.
4. Concerning the maintenance of schools.
5. None of the reformed religion who return to the primitive church to be molested, notwithstanding any order taken in the reformed church for their punishment.
6. The publication of the Edict against the privileges and jurisdiction of the Church.
7. The Chamber to have as many temporal as spiritual judges.
8. Concerning the subsidy, which shall expire within one year and a half.
Endd. P. 1.
May. 440. Verses on the Marriage of the Duke De Nemours.
Fifteen Latin verses, protesting in very violent terms against the marriage, to which are added fourteen French verses against the King's device of Piete et justice.
Endd. P. 1.
May 31. 441. Sir John Forster to Cecil.
Has received his letters of the 22nd instant, and will, according to the Queen's pleasure, use those matters for the Earl of (Morton) and the rest, as that the Queen of Scots shall think her desire satisfied. Asks for a safe-conduct for them to depart from any of the ports in these parts.—Alnwick, last of May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
May 31. 442. Sir Wm. Drury to Cecil.
Thought good to notify that Sir John Forster lies sick of a fever; that if God calls him consideration might be had of his office, as also in respect of himself touching the custody of Bamborough Castle.—Berwick, the last of May 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.